Introduce yourself to our audience. Tell us who you are and what you are currently focused on.
I'm Alyssa Adams, and I'm a clinical psychologist and board certified coach. I help stressed entrepreneurs to unlock their intuition, to shift their mindset, and to build unshakeable confidence so they can grow their business without burnout. I also work with executives and leaders to perform at their peak - both personally and professionally.
Tell us about your favorite Ellevate Network memory or success story. Why are you a member?
I'm a new Ellevate member, and I was really struck by the powerful community. I am self-employed, which can be a little lonely, at times! I wanted to join a community of successful and supportive women where we can grow together.
How would you define your professional mission?
My professional mission is to help entrepreneurs master their mental game so they can create success without burnout. We so often get caught up in all the “shoulds” that we’re told that we HAVE to do to grow our business. This can cause us naturally high achievers to drive ourselves into the ground in the name of “success,” without pausing to reflect on what we’re trying to create and why. I love helping women develop their intuition to create a business that aligns with the kind of life they want to create and how they’re meant to serve. I love helping women dig deep into understanding the root of why they are sacrificing themselves in the name of growth. I’m all about hard work, but I’m not about sacrificing your happiness, health, and joy for business growth. I feel so driven to change these beliefs for women. When we really get in touch with our intuition and what’s right for us, things really become clearer and we can move in a direction that allows for growth without stress (okay, less stress).
What is one of your most memorable career accomplishments?
Building my business has been my most memorable career accomplishment. I’ve always felt like I was wired to be an entrepreneur. I was never particularly interested in working for anyone else (although I did it for many years). I felt driven to hurdle all of the barriers and to use the non-stop problem solving that is necessary for any successful business to grow. The surprise for me was how emotional an experience it has been! I wasn’t expecting to feel so emotionally tied to the success, to feel the frustrations so deeply, or to be tested on my ability to be resilient and bounce back from disappointment. I never really had to “sell” myself before. I’ve certainly interviewed for a lot of jobs and “sold” my skills in order to be hired, but this was my first opportunity to really sell myself to clients. It’s definitely not easy! But, there was a lot of personal growth that had to happen for me to feel really comfortable selling how I help people.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
I absolutely love when my clients start to get super clear on what they want and what they don’t want. They start to trust themselves instead of doing what they think they “should.” When someone starts regularly using and trusting their intuition to make business and life decisions, I know they’ve developed a skill set that will serve them long after our coaching work has ended. It’s so powerful to see people stop people pleasing and self-sacrificing and to really start valuing themselves. We’re really the ones that hold ourselves back – our fears, our doubts, our inner critic – it all stands in the way of what we really want. We cannot move forward in any meaningful way without addressing these inner patterns. It’s so fun for me to see my clients change how they view themselves and what’s possible for them.
What is it about your job that makes you feel it’s the right fit for you?
I created it, so it definitely feels like the right fit for me! I love that I have control over my schedule, my location, how many clients I work with, how much money I make, and my time. It offers me the freedom that I’ve always been looking for in a professional role, and, more importantly, it lets me help other women, which I love doing.
What would you say your personal superpower is?
My personal superpowers are my intuition and my ability to change people’s way of thinking. I’ve always been able to tap into my intuition to help understand what’s going on for someone else, but I had to really spend time fine tuning that ability to apply it to my professional life. I feel like I’m really skilled at helping people to be flexible in their thinking – to change beliefs that no longer serve them. It has such a profound effect on their lives, and it can be really fun to do!
What does success look like to you?
Success is creating a business that allows me financial, location, and time freedom. Success is me being in the driver’s seat of all aspects of my life. It’s having a business that allows me to be present in my personal life and to spend time with the people that I love. I realize I have to laser focus on all of the things that help me get there and to just let the rest fall away from my life.
Is work-life balance a problem for you? What is one no-fail tactic you use to create balance?
I’ve struggled for a long time with work-life balance. I always felt like I needed to be doing more and more, and I filled up all of my blocks of time with task after task. I felt like I had to do more and push myself to my limit. I took extra credits during my academic training, I took on additional responsibilities and projects at work, I took classes while working full-time, and I always performed beyond expectations. I completely exhausted myself in the process. I burned out, became physically sick, and felt mentally wiped out. I landed myself in the hospital twice due to health issues that definitely had a stress component. It’s an ongoing struggle for me to hit the brakes and slow down, but it’s so incredibly important to me to be able to grow my business while taking really good care of myself and enjoying my life. I have a list of non-negotiables that I make sure I do each week to keep me feeling relaxed, healthy, and balanced. For example, I always take a salt bath each week. It gives me 20 minutes to take deep breaths, relax, and let the stress of the week fall away.
What advice would you offer future leading ladies wishing to break into your industry?
I’d suggest that anyone who is interested in becoming a coach reflect on how they’d like to serve people and what type of transformation they’d like to offer. I’d also suggest that they take time to visualize what they want their days to look like and how they want to spend their time. It can be helpful to really think though what you want to be doing each day to map out how to build your business. Coaching is a wonderful profession, and I’d highly suggest women with an interest in helping others to investigate this profession more! I'm happy to speak with anyone who is considering coaching as a profession.
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Associate Certified Coach (ACC)
I'm a clinical psychologist and board certified coach. I specialize in helping entrepreneurs beat overwhelm and exhaustion and find calm so they can reignite their drive to go after their dream. I also help new leaders spark their team's genius so they can be exceptional together. I love helping my clients to use mindset, intuition, and strategy to achieve sustainable success, to create confidence, and to build fulfillment. Continue Reading
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